(of the Hyborian era)

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Presumably human mutate (Hyborian era)

Occupation: Spirit of Vengeance

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Conan (though he was unaware of Conan's presence)

Enemies: Unidentified "mad king" and his armies

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: An unidentified land during the Hyborian era

First Appearance: Savage Avengers I#21 (August, 2021)

Powers/Abilities: The Spirit Rider seemed to possess many of the superhuman powers typical to a Spirit of Vengeance, including superhuman strength and durability (sufficient to battle entire armies), a skeletal form nearly impervious to most physical attacks and a mystical "Penance Stare" capable of forcing its victims to experience the pain and sorrow of their own misdeeds.

The Spirit Rider could also manipulate hellfire for various effects including the project of hellfire as an offensive attack or imbuing objects or even living creatures with hellfire. The Spirit Rider rode atop a gigantic, monstrous spider that he had imbued with hellfire and the spider had fangs, strength and durability befitting its size.

The Spirit Rider also wielded a sickle on a chain that was imbued with hellfire.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'10")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 160 lbs.)
Eyes: Fiery orange
Hair: None (orange flames emanating from its skull)

History: (Savage Avengers I#21 (fb)) - When an unidentified "mad king" sent his armies to pillage an unidentified land, the barbarian Conan was sent to assassinate the king but when Conan arrived, he found the king's forces under assault from a fiery, skeletal Spirit of Vengeance riding atop a giant, monstrous spider. Standing away from the battle, Conan witnessed the Spirit lay waste to all who stood before it and kept his pay despite his job being done for him by the Spirit.

(Savage Avengers I#21 - BTS) - In the modern era, the time-displaced Conan fought the modern era's Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze) and recalled his earlier encounter with the Hyborian era Spirit of Vengeance.

(Savage Avengers I#22 - BTS) - While experiencing nightmares, Conan dreamed he had returned to his native Hyborian era and the Spirit Rider was there to brutally welcome him.

Comments: Created by Gerry Duggan and Patch Zircher.

While the Hyborian era Spirit of Vengeance was never directly identified, other than as an ancestor (so to speak) of the modern Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider, Conan refers to a nightmarish vision of the Hyborian rider as "Spirit Rider." Hence, the name of this profile.

Profile by Proto-Man.

The Spirit Rider
should be distinguished from:

images: (without ads)
Savage Avengers I#22, front cover (Ghost Rider, main image)
Savage Avengers I#21, p13, pan2 (Ghost Rider, headshot using Penance Stare)
Savage Avengers I#21, p12, pan1 (Ghost Rider, riding atop his hell spider)
Savage Avengers I#21, p13, pan1 (Ghost Rider, arms extended)

Savage Avengers I#21 (August, 2021) - Gerry Duggan (writer), Patch Zircher (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Savage Avengers I#22 (September, 2021) - Gerry Duggan (writer), Patch Zircher (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)

First posted02/17/2022
Last updated: 02/17/2022

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